Below are four approaches to exploring a National Park with limited time. (This holds true for cities or countries or museums, and so on, but let's just discuss parks.) See nothing: Take a picture with the park sign. Get a National Park passport stamped at the Visitor Center. Get back on the bus. (These types … Continue reading Badlands National Park: Unexplored Trails
A few years back, as I found myself buying orange everything (furniture, clothes, dishes, to name a few), I explained my new obsession to a friend, something like this: ME: My favorite color used to be blue, but lately one definition of blue brings me down: sadness. My new favorite is orange. FRIEND: What does … Continue reading Grand Prismatic Spring: Inspiring
There are already so many sites and breakdowns about Mouse's Tank trail. What can I add? Is it really a 30 minute hike? Yes. Don't take pictures. Don't explore off the trail. Don't admire the many petroglyphs. You can be back in the car in 30 minutes! Is it worth it? No. You might get … Continue reading Valley of Fire: Mouse’s Tank Trail
Maybe Campfire Tales content has been a little... arid lately. Sweet relief is on the way!
I started a poem about Alcatraz And then... "What rhymes with Alcatraz? Sassafras? Razzmatazz? All that jazz?" I started a poem about pineapple And, while that's easier to rhyme, I grapple Instead with meaning, and another surprise: Too many eyes. "Write us a poem! Please?" I hear your pleas. So we're back to our old … Continue reading False Starts, Sad End
If there's an unofficial mascot of Campfire Tales, it's probably the moon. (Oh, such a troublemaker!) I found this juxtaposition after I reviewed these two photos: the bird is the same size as the moon. I wanted to write a post about perspective, and how our problems can seem so big (like the water tower) … Continue reading A Bird the Size of the Moon
Although their website says they are closed for the winter, maybe now is a good time to plan a trip to the Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano in New Mexico next March. Here are a few photos of the cave: If you want to see volcano photos, I recommend the ones at their website. Here … Continue reading Roadside Attraction: Ice Cave & Bandera Volcano
Field of Light at Sensorio (See it before they add the hotel and the conference Center!)
"The wilderness, by design, disorients. As any wilderness trekker past or present will tell you, the wilderness has a way of forcing the point, of bringing to the surface whatever fears, questions, and struggles hide within. Nothing strips you down to your essential humanity and inherent dependency quite like submitting to the elements, surrendering to … Continue reading 20 + 20 = ??